I came across these two gems:


These definitions are disturbing to me.  For starters, the Federal law has no such requirements, which means that adding requirements constitutes an unacceptable and unlawful burden.  Moreover, while they do allow for a similar training organization's standards, that disallows a self-trained dog, and still adds requirements that Federal law does not.

The ADI bit of issuing cards is also something I'm not big on.  If this becomes expected, people with legit service dogs that don't come from them will be expected to have a card, and those without one (or who don't have it with them) will be though to be invalid or bogus.  Bad precedent, IMO.

We need to be policing ourselves, AND fighting such attempts to regulate, IMO.  Your thoughts?

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I do find the requirements for a service dog to enter the state of Hawaii to be a bit disturbing as well, as they are violating Federal Law in setting these standards. I also think it is a conflict of interest for people to train and place assistance dogs to have the power/ability to set standards that affect all individuals with service dogs. I think standards are important but I would feel much more comfortable if an organization with the authority to certify service dogs did not have any current involvement in providing service dogs in the SD industry. Is there a conflict of interest there? Dog training organizations do serve on the board of ADI. However, in viewing the model state laws that the ADI is proposing to states, I don't see an ADI card requirment. Unless I missed it?
This has been an issue with Hawaii vs the US for a LOOOOOONG time. Hawaii's SD laws have, so far, stood up to appeal. It's been on the books for about 10+ yrs and they've been taken to court many times. Hawaii chooses to not follow this and other US laws despite the fact they are a US state.

Ignore ADI. They aren't a governing body. Their statement of "setting the standard" sounds nice but are just that, standards for organizations. They can't make it law. They are why I adamantly oppose SD handlers (aka "clients") flashing ID cards to businesses. And they are why I will never support any national identification laws. How to regulate owner-trained SDs? Are our dogs any less capable of doing their jobs? Since each disability is different and each person with the same disability is different, and each dog is different and each need for each person is different and....I don't see how it could be done. Nor do I see why it should be done.

Yeah, it's a touchy subject for me. (grin)
Hi JT.. I see it now I was looking at this link. target="_blank">http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/modellaw.php

Worrisome indeed. I'm wondering.. would ADI charge for certification and attainment of this badge? ADI isn't a governing body but neither are the cable companies or any other business for that matter, but they sure can influence the laws that are passed.




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